By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer Published Apr 28, 2014 at 11:07 AM

c.1880, 1100 S. 1st St., has begun construction on a private dining room that will accommodate groups of four to 14 diners.

The room, which will have a rustic feel similar to the restaurant’s décor, will make use of a darker color palate and a hand-crafted rock walnut table made by local craftsman Matt Connell of Bay View. Audiovisual equipment, including a projector, screen and audio, will be available for use.

Design for the room is a collaborative effort between Chef and Owner Thomas Hauck, General Manager Joshua Wolter, and Designer Kerry Shannon, of Residence Milwaukee.

The dining options for the room, which is expected to be completed by mid-May, will be based on course dining and contracted minimums.

The room can be booked by contacting Joshua Wolter at or by phone at (414) 431-9271.

In the meantime, while you're waiting to experience private dining at c.1880, you might just want to call to make reservations for tomorrow evening's wine dinner featuring MacPhail Family Wines.

Beginning at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29, Chef Thomas Hauck will present a five-course dinner paired with some of the finest wines in the MacPhail portfolio. Courses include scallops served with Granny Smith apples, honey and Meyer lemon, trotter of pork with cherry mostarda, pomegranate and smoked potato, sturgeon with trumpet mushrooms, ramps and beurre rouge, duck with quinoa, king trumpet mushrooms and juniper, and dessert featuring white chocolate, strawberries, angel food cake and rose.

Wines will include a selection of MacPhail Chardonnay, Pinot Noirs and Rose.

Cost for the event is $120 per person. 

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer

Lori Fredrich (Lo) is an eater, writer, wonderer, bon vivante, traveler, cook, gardener and girlwonder. Born and raised in the Milwaukee area, she has tried to leave many times, but seems to be drawn to this quirky city that smells of beer and alewives.

Some might say that she is a little obsessed with food. Lo would say she is A LOT obsessed with food. After all, she has been cooking, eating and enjoying food for decades and has no plans to retire anytime soon. 

Lo's recipes and writing have been featured in a variety of publications including GO: Airtran Inflight Magazine, Cheese Connoisseur, Cooking Light, Edible Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, as well as on the blog Go Bold with Butter, the web site Wisconsin Cheese Talk, and in the quarterly online magazine Grate. Pair. Share.